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Gender Quotas at the Global Level: Towards Parity Governance?

Academy of Global Governance

20-22 November 2013

What participants say…

“The Executive Training Seminar provided a great opportunity to meet people with diverse backgrounds and common interests”.

Cecilia Josefsson (Uppsala University)


“It was a great experience! It brought together academics and practitioners in a highly collaborative and educational environment”.

Amanda Clayton (University of Washington)


“Very valuable information and experience shared by excellent presenters”.

 Shpresë Mulliqi (Osce Mission In Kosovo)


Scientific Coordinators Ruth Rubio-Marín and Eléonore Lépinard

There is a global trend towards the endorsement of gender quotas in political and economic decision-making structures raising the question of gender parity as global governance aspiration. International and regional organizations which have endorsed the use of gender quotas include the UN, ILO, OECD, the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization of American States. Moreover, these global and regional institutions appear to be increasingly coordinating amongst themselves and also linking up with national and local initiatives in their efforts to advance the agenda of women’s empowerment. This executive training was intended to provide a systematic and comparative perspective on the promotion, adoption and implementation of gender quotas in political and economic structures throughout the world, but also, and more importantly, to discuss their underlying logic, expected effects, and conceptual contributions to widespread understandings of equality, democracy and global governance.





Gabrielle Bardall | University of Montreal: From Laws to Seats: Realizing the Potential of Temporary Special Measures in Practice.

Gretchen Bauer | University of Delaware: Political and Economic Empowerment of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Potential and Limitations of Gender Quotas.

Drude Dahlerup | Stockholm University: Introducing Gender Quotas in Strong Patriarchal Societies: Predictions and Results.

Melanie M. Hughes | University of Pittsburgh: The Impact of Gender Quotas on the Political Representation of Ethnic Minorities and Minority Women.

Eléonore Lépinard | University of Lausanne: Gender Quotas and Transformative Politics.

Alvaro Oliveira | European CommissionThe EU and Positive Action on Gender: History, Political and Legal Challenges. A Case Study: Women on Company Boards.

Jennifer M. Piscopo | Occidental College: The View from Latin America: Have Quotas Made a Difference? 

Darren Rosenblum | Pace Law School: Sex Equality Regimes and Corporate Governance.

Aniela Unguresan | Gender Equality Project: Measuring the Current State of Gender Equality in Corporations.



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